Breathtaking View of Crosswinds Tagaytay

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@Bebebubush was getting ready for just another client meeting when she took this photo of @crosswindsresortsuites. "That moment when you're preparing for an investment presentation, and you're the one who's getting sold by the project." #ViewOfTheDay #CrosswindsTagaytay #TagaytayRealEstate #RealEstatePH #TagaytayLiving

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Country Townhouse Units For Sale at Tagaytay Hampton Villas

If you’re looking to own a country townhouse somewhere in the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay, but wouldn’t want to be in the busier parts of the city, then you might want to have a look at the units over at Tagaytay Hampton Villas.

Exterior shots of the country townhouse units at Tagaytay Hampton Villas.

Exterior shots of the country townhouse units at Tagaytay Hampton Villas.

Conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from Picnic Grove, the Tagaytay Hampton Villas is an ideal country home with all the fresh air and cool weather that comes from living in Metro Tagaytay, as well as the conveniences of modern living just close by– shopping outlets, restaurants with all sorts of cuisines, spas and recreational centers, and other tourist attractions.

Pag-IBIG Fund Now Covers Solar Panels at Home

More and more people have been trying out solar panels to cut down on energy costs. Now the Philippine government is making it even easier for you to green up your home.

“Purchase and installation of solar panels may be financed by our Home Improvement Loan.”

–Darlene Marie Berberabe, Pag-IBIG president and CEO

The state-owned Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) has now made it possible for you to apply for a loan to purchase and install solar panels, says Darlene Marie Berberabe, PAG-IBIG’s president and CEO, in an interview with GMA News Online.

Solar Panels

While the initial investment may be daunting, solar panels are able to provide your home with electricity by harnessing the power of the sun, and pays off in the long run by making you less dependent on local power companies.

At present, these are part of the standard housing loan which requires the mortgage of the house, Berberabe added.

Read: “Costa Rica Now Completely Runs on Renewable Energy”.

Join an Agri-Business Tour to Laguna

Metro Tagaytay is conveniently close to the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna.  And just as it is in Tagaytay City and the neighboring towns, there are also a lot of farms in these provinces.

Costales Farms Agri-Tour

Shared by agri-entrepreneur Jason Javier. If you’d like to know more about investing in an agri-business, you may want to check this out.

In fact, one of our observations with the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay is the rise of all kinds of farms– from organic agri-ventures, to farms that specialize in raising particular livestock (such as hogs the odorless way, or rabbits for fun and profit), and farms that support nearby restaurants (such as those belonging to Gourmet Farms, or Mushroom Burger, among others).

Pangilinan Encourages Pinoys to Pursue Agri-Business

Here at Tagaytay Living, we believe that agri-business is the way to go. Investing in agricultural projects goes a long way towards not just our own food security, but also as viable business ventures for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

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At the recent Agri-Negosyo Summit of Go Negosyo, Secretary Francis Pangilinan of the Presidential Consultant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization encouraged Filipinos to invest in the agriculture industry.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit (GNAS) aimed to present various business models from farming, fishing, and animal rising. The event recognized inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs oragripreneurs who have significantly contributed to their communities’ development.

Bed-and-Breakfasts, Boutique Hotels, and Inns

We’ve got a lot of friends figuring out where to stay in Tagaytay for the weekend.  And one of the most common questions we get is “what’s the difference between a hotel and a bed-and-breakfast”.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay.

Photo courtesy of The Inn at Cliffhouse Tagaytay.

Aside from B&B’s, you also have Boutique Hotels, and Inns.  In many cases, these terms get interchanged, but as it turns out, each of these establishments have key differences that set them apart from regular hotels.

Tagaytay Living - Atis - Photo by Creative-Meals.com

Grafted Fruit-bearing Plants Are a Hit with Tagaytay Visitors

Among some of the must-buy items for those visiting the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay, more than organic veggies, tawilis and maliputo, or other pasalubong, it seems that grafted fruit-bearing trees are at the top of the list. Today’s featured article comes from Loqal.ph.

Lychee fruit. Photo by B. Navez.

For entrepreneur Rosalina Piñol, selling fruit-bearing plants can be a good business because there are a lot of people who enjoy growing their own fruit trees.

Piñol says she did not want to sell actual fruits, but always wanted to sell fruit-bearing trees and let the customers see the trees grow on their own backyards.

She says she learned grafting and soon was able to find suppliers who can do the grafting for her and all she has to do is to be familiar with the plants and promote the fruit-bearing trees.

Grafting is widely used in agriculture and horticulture where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another producing a highly productive plant.

With 5,000 pesos in capital, Piñol started her small business in February 2009.

“I started buying plants that are readily available and are more familiar to customers. Then from there, it just evolved quickly to where it is right now,” she recalls.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

She later started to sell hybrid coconut dwarf, seedless atis, star apple, lychee, American lemon, guaple, lanzones, and almost every fruit that one can find growing in a tropical country.

“These plants grow with the help of organic fertilizer which also makes the fruits a lot safer to eat and they grow faster compared to plants planted in the usual way,” she says.

According to Piñol, although she does not have a lot as big as others right now, she encourages those with a lot of big spaces to grow fruit-bearing trees and sell them as an alternative livelihood.

Aside from fruit-bearing plants, Piñol also offers forest tree ornamentals and culinary herbs.

Credits

Original post by Marjorie Gorospe for Loqal.ph. Thanks to Creative-Meals for the atis photo, B.Navez for the lychee photo, and Trainee Agriculturist for dwarf coconut photo.

Ara Vista Village Fosters an Active Lifestyle

Ara Vista Village is the latest real estate development venture from AMA Communities. Inc. Located in Gen. Trias, Ara Vista is located right along Crisanto de los Reyes Avenue, just after Amadeo, Cavite.

One of the model homes at Ara Vista.

One of the model homes at Ara Vista.

With health and fitness as top priorities for families today, parents now prefer a more dynamic neighborhood that encourages their children to play and be active. The 50-hectare Ara Vista Village in Gen. Trias, Cavite – masterplanned by Palafox Associates – has all the venues to make this happen.

As a self-contained township development, Ara Vista Village has everything that a family needs, including several family-oriented amenities that promote a more active lifestyle.

An artist's rendition of the proposed clubhouse area.  Photo from the Ara Vista website.

An artist’s rendition of the proposed clubhouse area. Photo from the Ara Vista website.

Families can bond over sports and fitness activities at the tennis and basketball courts, or enjoy a relaxing dip in the cool waters of the adult and kiddie pools. Themed parks and playgrounds where moms can take their young ones for a bit of fun and exercise are also available.

Meanwhile, parents looking for a more relaxing and serene form of activity will find the scenic tree-lined jogging paths and bicycle lanes as well as the lush green gardens perfect for an invigorating early morning run or stress-relieving yoga sessions.

The Ara Vista Master Development Plan.  Photo courtesy of the Ara Vista website.

The Ara Vista Master Development Plan. Photo courtesy of the Ara Vista website.

More than just promoting an active lifestyle, the amenities in Ara Vista Village are also designed to foster a close-knit community among the residents. Families can converge at any of these spots or at the clubhouse where many community activities can be held. Dubbed as a telepolis for transforming information age technology into a physically built subdivision, Ara Vista Village features Wi-Fi connectivity in several common areas to keep families connected to the virtual world anytime of the day.

To learn more about Ara Vista Village, visit www.aravista.com or e-mail at [email protected] or call +632.822.3443

(Article from The Philippine Star)

Property Sector Drawing Keen Interest of Retirement Haven Seekers

Metro Tagaytay is one of the country’s leading retirement destinations, according to commercial real estate consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), and real estate companies are about to cash in on this opportunity.

Tagaytay Living 03 960x345pxReal estate companies in the Philippines may find growth opportunities in the tourism market, as the country becomes a haven for foreign retirees, a consultancy firm said on Thursday.

“As the ageing population increases, the need for specialization on the segment also intensifies,” Jones Lang LaSalle regional director Lindsay Orr said during the company’s Midyear Market Report.

The number of older people in less developed countries is expected to increase 140 percent between 2006 and 2030, compared with the 51 percent increase forecast in developed countries.

The low cost of living, tropical climate, natural attractions, expatriate-friendly destinations, English-speaking environment and special resident retiree’s visa provision in the Philippines make the country a favored retirement destination for foreigners, said Orr.

JLL listed Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Subic, Tagaytay, Dumaguete and Clark as the leading retirement destinations in the country. In Metro Manila, Makati is said to be the first choice of foreign retirees.

(Reported by Keith Richard D. Mariano for GMA News)

Chilli Plants

5 Easy To Grow Chilli Plant Varieties

In a previous post, Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants.  He continues with a number of easy-to-grow chilli plant varieties, so here we are with his five recommendations to get started.

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red

My parents grow these with a frustrating ease, minimal effort and maximum output as they have been specially developed for windowsill growing in pots.

They produce ‘demon’ horn chillies that face up and turn from green to a bright, vibrant red. They also grow in a bushy way, so don’t need much space above them. Heed the warning though, as they pack a considerable punch, so my general rule is use one for each person you cook for.

Don’t eat them raw – it will hurt.

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano 

These guys I have grown with success last year and are great for pickling. Their colour also varies when they mature which can be a spectacular sight.

They aren’t as hot as the demon chillies above, but they are good to just pick off and eat raw. If you’ve got the space, plant these outside and they’ll get to 1m tall and give you lots of colourful fruits.

If you do plant them outside in a big pot, its best to stick a wooden pole next to the plant for support, as they will (hopefully) become heavy with fruit.

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb

This plant will provide you with fleshy cherry-like globular fruit that have a slight kick. Again they’re great for pickling, and you may often have seen them stuffed with cheese or a filling. They’re a bit different as normally chillies have a tapered end, but these guys are squat and proud.

Click here to read more about 10 Survival foods you can grow.

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne

Probably one of the best known varieties, I grew these from a pot, on my windowsill two years ago. They are long, tapered and fiery chillies that you can cook with whether green or red. Green they are great in burgers, kebabs and salads. Red they fantastic in stir fry’s and Mexican cooking.

The accompanying picture is probably a third of my yield two years ago, showing just how easy they are to grow. Again they’re a variety that you can plant out later on and will grow big and tall. Probably not Jack and the Beanstalk height, but not far off.

Unless you fancy an unpleasant, milk crazed twenty minutes, don’t eat these raw.

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

This variety is renowned for growing well in cooler climates, and is a multi-purpose chilli. Pickle it, eat it raw, pop it on salads or use it for decoration as the fruits vary in colour. They are often picked when yellow, just before they ripen.

I have also eaten these chillies when they’ve been stuffed with cheese as despite their name, they are relatively mild. The plant will keep producing long after summer so long as you keep taking the fruits.

(Article by Louie Watts, via Good To Be Home by Anglian.)